Priam Vineyards sits in the Salmon River watershed area, just minutes from Mohegan Sun Casino, Moodus Resort area, The Goodspeed Opera House, and a number of state parks, as well as the Airline Hiking Trail. The seasonally beautiful surroundings of the area offer a number of outdoor activities from hiking, fishing, canoeing and golf, to horse-back riding and cross-country skiing.Priam Vineyards' 40 acre farm has 24 acres of grapes in production, with a breathtaking 35 mile view of the New England countryside. We benefit from the unique microclimate of the hills of New London County, just 15 miles from Long Island Sound, where we grow classic European varietals: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Riesling, Muscat and Merlot as well as French-American hybrids: Cayuga and St. Croix. The rich gravelly soil mimics that of Graves, France. Our climate is very similar to the Alsation region of Northern France and Germany. This combination along with the sloping hillside and constant breeze provide the perfect climate for these varietals.WinesWe presently produce 14 hand crafted wines which are releasedat different times throughout the year. Our grapes are hand pickedto avoid bruising and ensure the best of flavor, which ultimately carries through to wines.Our white wines are: Jeremy River White, Salmon River White, Blackledge White, Cayuga, Barrel Select Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Late Harvest Riesling and Blackledge Rose'.Our red wines are: St. Croix, Salmon River Red, SalmonRiver Red-PV, Westchester Red and Essence of St. Croix.The WineryThe winery was built into the hillside at the base of the vineyard, as a New England style barn. It was designed specifically to make use of the earths cool temperature in the wine cellar, as well as the useof gravity to feed juice from the crush pad to the tanks, to help reduce the impact on the environment.As environmentalists, we practice sustainable agriculture, propagating bluebirds rather than using insecticides, to maintain a healthy vineyard.
The Farmers Market
Come pick up your entire meal of fresh CT grown, from appetizer to dessert, and wine as well at the Priam Vineyard Farmers' Market. The market features: * Fresh fruit and veggies from Priam Vineyards as well as local farmers: Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Corn, Squash, Cucumbers, Lettuce, Greens, Asparagas, Brussel Sprouts, Fingerling Potatoes and a wide variety of organic & gourmet produce. * Fresh baked goods and local cheese. * Local maple syrup and maple products. * Free range organic eggs from the vineyard chickens * And of course Priam wines. Vendors who are interested in participating can contact Gary Crump at the vineyard: 860-267-8520.